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Escaped sex-offender from Colorado sought

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Eric Hartwell, 51

KUSA - A felony warrant has been issued nationwide for a convicted sex offender whose last known address was in Colorado.

The Department of Corrections said Eric Hartwell was on parole in Colorado since Dec. 20, 2013 for failure to register as a sex offender. 

The DOC confirmed Hartwell walked away from a Community Corrections facility called Independence House on Friday evening.

The Colorado Department of Corrections requested a warrant 22 minutes after Mr. Hartwell apparently removed his ankle monitor and absconded. 

According to the Colorado Sex Offender Database, Hartwell's last known address was near 28th Avenue and Federal Boulevard in Denver.

51-year-old Hartwell is described as six-foot-two inches tall with blonde or strawberry-blonde hair. He has blue eyes and weighs about 210 pounds.

A Colorado Bureau of Investigations background check reported Hartwell has a tattoo on his right hand.

According to the State's sex offender registry, Hartwell was convicted of attempted indecent liberties in 1996, and rape of a child in 1991.

In an article from August 2009, Seattle affiliate KING reported Hartwell had escaped custody in Snohomish County by removing his GPS monitor just 12 days after being released from prison.

KING reported Hartwell was staying at a home for sex offenders when he escaped. Washington authorities feared he would flee out of state.

KING reported Hartwell's arrest on Sept. 21 in Carrolton, Texas.

According to Colorado state records, Hartwell pled guilty and was convicted in 2011 for failure to register as a sex offender in Clear Creek County, Colorado.

Hartwell has been ordered onto lifetime federal supervision as a part of his federal probation. The Fugitive Apprehension Unit is currently investigating Hartwell's case. 

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